140 Kids on a Bus to NYC

I had a ball yesterday.  I went with my daughter’s chorus group to see Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City. It was a great day, despite the rain. (I have never loved NYC in the rain).The bus ride down reminded me of the days when I was a student, all excited for the trip ahead: sitting with friends, bringing snacks, listening to a Jackson Browne tape on my SONY Walkman.  We did not have…

Because That’s How We Roll

I had the most wonderful time on Saturday night with old friends, new friends and some martini acquaintances. I have been friends with Michele since we were 7 years old.  I love her like my sister. (Except for that one time with regards to crowning Mary, but you will hear more about that later on.) We went to dinner in Amsterdam at Parillo’s Armory Grill and it was unbelievable; best Ala Vodka sauce I have had in years.  Jackie and her…

Even the Fish

We have a gold fish tank with a multitude of odd characters. As you know, we are an Italian family so it is only fitting to have Italian names for our fish.  The three goldfish names are, and I am not lying, Fat Clemenza, Tessio and Tony Soprano.  The beta fish is Luca Brasi and the bottom feeder is whatever we name him at the time, Don Fanucci, Sonny or Fredo.  We have had some mysterious deaths and we usually…

What’s better than chocolate?

Coffee.  OK, I thought so this morning but now I think nothing beats a good old fashioned hug. As I was in our local bagel shop to meet a friend, I was in line behind four older women who one by one came in to meet and greet each other.  It must have been a while since they last met because they were so exuberant in their welcoming.I felt like a voyeur watching this when I could not help myself. …

Cocoa Krispies Biscotti, really?

My daughter was eating breakfast this morning, her usual breakfast of champions: Cocoa Krispies.  She finished the box and handed it to me to break down and recycle.  As I turned the box over I read the recipe on the back: Cocoa Krispies Biscotti.  I had to read it twice. Really? Is that right?Now I am quite desperate for chocolate as I sit here on Day 13 but that insults my intelligence, my Italian heritage and any skill I may…